Belfast born mezzo soprano Sarah Richmond graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University, and is currently completing a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Barbara Robotham.
Future engagements include working with Laurent Pillot as part of an international conference on the diva, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Whilst at the RNCM Sarah has won ‘The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss’, ‘The Annie Ridyard Scholarship’ (2011 and 2010) and a Postgraduate Scholarship. Queen’s University awarded Sarah the Hamilton Harty Scholarship, KSONI Scholarship, and May Turtle Award.
Sarah enjoys working on the operatic stage, performing in: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido and Sorceress), Barber’s Vanessa (Erika), Davis’ Peace (Harvest Home), Bizet’s Carmen (Mercédès), Pearson’s A Greek Odyssey (Chief Scientist), Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (Peep Bo) and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Gossip). She has performed in numerous excerpts, her favourites being Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist), Massenet’s Werther (Charlotte), Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino and Marcellina), and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia).
Throughout the United Kingdom Sarah has worked with many choral societies and orchestras. Concert platform appearances include Bach’s Magnificat, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Elgar’s Music Makers, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Maria Theresa Mass, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and the premiere of Donald Judge’s May Magnificat. As a recitalist Sarah has worked with pianist Michael McGuffin, presented a recital for the UK Strauss Society and will give recitals for Queen’s University, Rhyl Music Club and Dolgellau Music Club. Sarah has performed in masterclasses of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Barbara Bonney and Catherine Wyn-Rogers with the Ulster Orchestra.